Alright, finally the big day had arrived... not that I was turning a whopping 32, but the release of the NOLA Brewing / Stone Brewing collaboration beer, Pour Me Somethin' Mistah. Appropriate for any big New Orleans beer release, the party was taking place at Avenue Pub, my New Orleans beer bar of choice. The release was announced back in mid January, so it had a month of hype building up to it. After a quick early lunch at Cochon Butcher (delicious) it was over to the pub to wait for 1 PM to hit and the beers to start pouring.
While waiting, the balcony bar had a few tasty warm-up brews, so it was the right time to check out the Saint Arnold Bitter Belgian, a very nice Belgian take on their Elissa IPA. Not a bad beer and a great way to get the day started. I followed that up with the NOLA 7th Street Wheat with grains of paradise and orange peel on cask and then it was time for the showpiece beer, the Pour Me Somethin Mistah.
The first hint at the beer came from The Beer Buddha, who brought one out and immediately made a face like it wasn't rocking his world. Uh oh... not a good start. Dan brought one out for me, and my first taste was the same reaction. It was still really cold, and tasted like an over-hopped porter, out of balance and not as rich and complex as I was hoping. Damn. Fortunately, I still had some cask 7th Street Wheat so I finished that while letting the Pour Me Somethin Mistah warm up a bit.
|Pour Me Somethin' Mistah, and 7th Street Wheat on cask.|
Letting the beer warm was a great decision, as it really opened up and turned into quite the drinkable porter closer to room temperature. The orange peel and molasses started come out in the flavor and the hops took more of a back seat to those flavors. What started off disappointing finished a very nice brew. For those in Baton Rouge, The Cove will have this one on tap in their front bar on Wednesday... just be sure to request a room temperature glass and take the time to let it warm up to unleash the full range of flavors.
My rating: B for this one.